[Review] Blood – 블러드

LOOK, IT’S JESUS!

Park Ji Sang (Ahn Jae Hyun) is a vampire who grows up scared of his superhuman abilities and thirst for blood. As a teenager, he lives as a recluse with his mother. After his mother’s death, he grows up to become a surgeon and learns to control his vampiric tendencies.

In an attempt to find a cure for his condition and find out the truth behind the death of his parents, he accepts a position as the Head of the Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery team at Taemin Hospital. There he meet Dr. Yoo Ri Ta (Gu Hye Sun), the arrogant niece to the hospital’s chairman. She’s initially envious of the new young doctor’s skill as a surgeon and it ignites a rivalry between the doctors.

At the same time, the hospital’s new director Lee Jae Wook (Ji Jin Hee) bring his radical treatment to test on various patients at the hospital which raises concern from the two doctors.

Written by the same writer as Good Doctor, I can see that when it comes to medical dramas Writer Park Jae Bum makes interesting parallel about doctors and their workplace environment. For Good Doctor, it emphasized the importance of a good bedside manner and camaraderie with his colleagues for an autistic doctor who is unable to comprehend complex emotions.

On the other hand, Blood focuses on radical cure-all that could extend the quality and length of people’s lives at the cost of risking humanity. Religion certainly plays a big part in underlying theme of the drama. While he poses an interesting thesis at the start of the drama, I find that the writing lacks depth and direction which causes the drama to become repetitive as it goes on.  You can even look at the posters for the drama as you’ll find that there doesn’t even appear to be a consistency in the drama’s theme from its advertising.

The interesting part about Ji Sang’s struggle about wanting to fit in but fearful of his own inclinations as a vampire keeps him isolated. At the same time, Ri Ta is a strong-headed woman who is not afraid to challenge Ji Sang. She helps him find confidence in himself, all the while keeping him in line when he’s about to reach his breaking point. There’s a very human story in their relationship.

At the opposite end of the story, there’s Jae Wook, who is driven by his single-minded ambition. From the very beginning, Jae Wook is painted as an immoral and evil character.

I was surprised to see this brief glimpse that what drove him down this path was perhaps his love for a child he couldn’t save with medicine. In that way, I could see why Ji Sang could almost relate to him but the drama doesn’t take advantage of this revelation to peel back a new layer to his character. It could have given the drama a few more plot twist which would have given us a break from the monotony of seeing Ji Sang and Jae Wook face off countless times.

It could have given the drama a few more plot twist which would have given us a break from the monotony of seeing Ji Sang and Jae Wook face off countless times.

At the same time, as much as I think that Ahn Jae Hyun is a good actor, I think he’s still too much of a newbie to be leading his own drama. There were a number of times where I found his character to be bland at time, especially in the first half of the drama.

Of course, the drama filled that blandness with Gu Hye Sun’s over-the-top snippiness. As if it wasn’t a bad sign seeing Gu Hye Sun again with Ji Jin Hee, I know I wasn’t the only person that had problems with her acting. The drama tried to alleviate viewers by commenting that there was a reason why she was acting that way. However, I don’t think any viewer was confused over the fact that her character’s arrogance filled the emptiness and guilt over losing her parents. What can I say? It was overly obvious and felt like the drama was talking down to the audience which left a bad taste in all of our mouths.

And that last scene? I don’t quite get what’s going on much less understand what we’re supposed to take away from the drama. Except that maybe… look, it’s Jesus! He’s Jesus! Considering that this drama does have a Catholic undertone, is that what we’re supposed to take away from that last scene?  I don’t get it.

There were a few positive things about the drama.  I enjoyed seeing Jung Hae In (The Three Musketeers) and Jung Hye Sung (Potato Star 2013QR3), who played Joo Hyun Woo and Choi Soo Eun, respectively.  Jung Hye Sung certainly has a knack for comedy while we’ve seen Jung Hae In can take on either.

Also, keep an eye out for Son Soo Hyun who plays First-Year Resident Min Ga Yeon.  Although Min Ga Yeon is very unassuming, she comes to greatly admire Ji Sang and becomes a vital part of the story who flips our expectations.  Son Soo Hyun recently also had a guest role on Missing Noir M and there is a good twist with her character.  She seems very good at playing these roles and then overturning our perspectives about that character.

I also did enjoy the cute rom com scenes and have to admit that it sustained me to keep watching. Unfortunately, the cute scenes will probably only make up 2 full episodes. By now, I’m sure a fan has probably made a compilation of all those scenes so I’d recommend that it’s more worth your time to watch that rather than to sit through 20 long episodes.

Rating

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